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03 septembrie 2023

5 steps for setting up a company in Romania

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The first thing you need to do for starting a business in Romania is the incorporation of your company with the Romanian Trade Registry. To do it are needed 5 main steps, as follows:


1. Deciding on the type of company you want to set up


For most of the investors and entrepreneurs, the optimum decision is the limited liability company, LLC (in Romanian: SRL - societate cu răspundere limitată).


The main advantages of setting up a limited liability company in Romania are:

  • the shareholders' liability is limited;

  • it is not needed a certification for the shareholders or directors, as it is needed in case of sole authorized person (PFA);

  • the shareholders and directors may be both Romanian citizens or foreigners; there is no citizenship or residency requirements in order to register a limited liability company in Romania;

  • low taxes. You may see more here about the advantages on setting up a limited liability company in Romania;

  • low incorporation taxes;

  • unlimited choice of CAEN business activities codes, unlikely the sole authorized person (PFA) where you can register only 5 CAEN codes.


Or, you may decide also on a joint stock company (SA) - usually incorporated when there are more than 50 shareholders or even to sole authorized person (PFA) instead of a limited liability company, but on the latest one it has higher taxes than the LLC and no limitations on the shareholder liability.


2. Choosing and reserving the company name


This prior proceeding will be done at the Trade Registry, where we check the availability of your company name and reserve it.


In this respect, we will need at least 3 or even more name proposals for your future Romanian company, in the preferred order, to verify the availability at the Trade Registry. The company name has to be as authentic as possible, in order to avoid confusions and similarities with other already registered companies. Preferably, it should consist of two words.


As soon as we receive the name proposals, we will search and obtain the name reservation from the Trade Registry to ensure that it is no longer reserved by other persons.


3. Preparing the company incorporation file


The company incorporation file calls for multiple mandatory documents, some of them we obtain directly from you (like identity documents) and the rest of them we draft and prepare for you. 


The company file is quite extensive and should contain, amongst others: the company bylaws (constitutive deed), official statements from the company founders and directors, the proof of company headquarter (if you don’t have a place for company headquarter, we can help you with setting up a virtual headquarter at our law firm office), the specimen of the company's director signature and the statement about the company's ultimate beneficial owners (UBO).


Most of the documents may be drafted by us as your lawyers, such as company constitutive deed and headquarter agreement. But for others, like the specimen of signature and statements we will need your signature on the document


4. Submitting the incorporation file to the Romanian Trade Registry


And last but not least, the next step for setting up the company in Romania is submitting the file to the Trade Registry. 


Once we have drafted your company incorporation file and submitted it with the Trade Registry, your company should normally be registered in 3 working days.


5. Obtaining the original of your company identity documents from the Romanian Trade Registry


The last operation of the whole process ends by issuance of a incorporation certificate by the Trade Registry. This official document provides your company registration identification number for both Trade Registry and the tax purposes. The incorporation certificate contains also the license of performing the commercial activities (CAEN codes) starting from the date of the company registration with the Romanian Trade Registry.


Do you need additional information or you want our help with setting up your company?


Do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling at +40 723 77 37 59 or use the contact form on our website at



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